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Erika Billerbeck

Author- Wildland Sentinel: Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer

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Wildland Sentinel

Field Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer

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Erika Billerbeck is a wife, mother, an Iowa conservation officer, and author of Wildland Sentinel: Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer. In Wildland Sentinel, readers take a passenger seat view of the work of a fish and game law enforcement officer in a land where "wild places" are becoming scarce. Erika and her colleagues patrol Iowa's gravel roads, wildlife areas, and waterways. They sort through tangled investigations, respond to natural-disasters, haul drunks to jail and encounter memorable characters, all while maintaining a sense of hope for Iowa's remaining wild places and the people who use them. 

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"Chock full of shenanigans of both the animal and human variety, Erika Billerbeck's Wildland Sentinel is an intelligent and thoughtful journey exposing the diverse challenges faced by modern game wardens."

Andrea Lankford, author Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

"Wildness is not just in Yosemite; Erika Billerbeck shows us the surprising places it persists. Here is a new nature writer of remarkable powers, patrolling the gravel roads of Iowa with a pistol at her waist. Her gritty work gives me chills."

Jordan Fisher Smith, author, Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra

"Erika Billerbeck strikes me as one tough-as-nails state worker. This clear-eyed account of Iowa's thorny wilderness is recommended reading for any lover of the outdoors. Her lifelong dedication to her native state and its shrinking green bounty confirms that our wild areas indeed have an inspiring protector."

Tim Fay, editor, Wapsipinicon Almanac

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